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The MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH (formerly the MOST HONOURABLE MILITARY ORDER OF THE BATH) is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight , which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.

The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
), the Great Master (currently The Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
), and three Classes of members:

* KNIGHT GRAND CROSS (GCB ) or DAME GRAND CROSS (GCB ) * KNIGHT COMMANDER (KCB ) or DAME COMMANDER (DCB ) * COMPANION (CB )

Members belong to either the Civil or the Military Division. Prior to 1815, the order had only a single class, KNIGHT COMPANION (KB), which no longer exists. Recipients of the Order are now usually senior military officers or senior civil servants. Commonwealth citizens who are not subjects of the Queen and foreign nationals may be made Honorary Members.

The Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry , after The Most Noble Order of the Garter
Order of the Garter
, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle , and The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick (dormant).

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Knights of the Bath * 1.2 Foundation of the order * 1.3 Restructuring in 1815 * 1.4 The Victorian era * 1.5 The 20th century

* 2 Composition

* 2.1 Sovereign * 2.2 Great Master * 2.3 Members * 2.4 Officers

* 3 Habit and insignia * 4 Chapel * 5 Precedence and privileges * 6 Revocation

* 7 Current Knights and Dames Grand Cross

* 7.1 Knights and Dames Grand Cross * 7.2 Honorary Knights and Dames Grand Cross

* 8 See also * 9 Notes * 10 References * 11 External links

HISTORY

KNIGHTS OF THE BATH

A painting by Edmund Leighton
Edmund Leighton
depicting a fictional scene of a knight receiving the accolade Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland , KB, with sash.

In the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
, knighthood was often conferred with elaborate ceremonies. These usually involved the knight-to-be taking a bath (possibly symbolic of spiritual purification) during which he was instructed in the duties of knighthood by more senior knights. He was then put to bed to dry. Clothed in a special robe, he was led with music to the chapel where he spent the night in a vigil . At dawn he made confession and attended Mass , then retired to his bed to sleep until it was fully daylight. He was then brought before the King, who after instructing two senior knights to buckle the spurs to the knight-elect's heels, fastened a belt around his waist, then struck him on the neck (with either a hand or a sword), thus making him a knight. It was this accolade which was the essential act in creating a knight, and a simpler ceremony developed, conferring knighthood merely by striking or touching the knight-to-be on the shoulder with a sword, or "dubbing" him, as is still done today. In the early medieval period the difference seems to have been that the full ceremonies were used for men from more prominent families.

From the coronation of Henry IV in 1399 the full ceremonies were restricted to major royal occasions such as coronations , investitures of the Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
or Royal dukes , and royal weddings, and the knights so created became known as Knights of the Bath. Knights Bachelor continued to be created with the simpler form of ceremony. The last occasion on which Knights of the Bath were created was the coronation of Charles II in 1661.

From at least 1625, and possibly from the reign of James I , Knights of the Bath were using the motto Tria iuncta in uno ( Latin
Latin
for "Three joined in one"), and wearing as a badge three crowns within a plain gold oval. These were both subsequently adopted by the Order of the Bath; a similar design of badge is still worn by members of the Civil Division. Their symbolism however is not entirely clear. The 'three joined in one' may be a reference to the kingdoms of England , Scotland and either France
France
or Ireland , which were held (or claimed in the case of France) by English and, later, British monarchs. This would correspond to the three crowns in the badge. Another explanation of the motto is that it refers to the Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity
. Nicolas quotes a source (although he is sceptical of it) who claims that prior to James I the motto was Tria numina iuncta in uno (three powers/gods joined in one), but from the reign of James I the word numina was dropped and the motto understood to mean Tria iuncta in uno (three kingdoms joined in one).

FOUNDATION OF THE ORDER

The prime mover in the establishment of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
was John Anstis , Garter King of Arms , England's highest heraldic officer. Sir Anthony Wagner , a recent holder of the office of Garter, wrote of Anstis's motivations:

It was Martin Leake's opinion that the trouble and opposition Anstis met with in establishing himself as Garter so embittered him against the heralds that when at last in 1718 he succeeded, he made it his prime object to aggrandise himself and his office at their expense. It is clear at least that he set out to make himself indispensable to the Earl Marshal
Earl Marshal
, which was not hard, their political principles being congruous and their friendship already established, but also to Sir Robert Walpole and the Whig ministry, which can by no means have been easy, considering his known attachment to the Pretender
Pretender
and the circumstances under which he came into office ... The main object of Anstis's next move, the revival or institution of the Order of the Bath was probably that which it in fact secured, of ingratiating him with the all-powerful Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole. Sir Robert Walpole , the first Prime Minister , who used the Order of the Bath as a source of political patronage

The use of honours in the early eighteenth century differed considerably from the modern honours system in which hundreds, if not thousands, of people each year receive honours on the basis of deserving accomplishments. The only honours available at that time were hereditary (not life) peerages and baronetcies , knighthoods and the Order of the Garter
Order of the Garter
(or the Order of the Thistle for Scots), none of which were awarded in large numbers (the Garter and the Thistle
Thistle
are limited to 24 and 16 living members respectively.) The political environment was also significantly different from today:

The Sovereign still exercised a power to be reckoned with in the eighteenth century. The Court remained the centre of the political world. The King was limited in that he had to choose Ministers who could command a majority in Parliament , but the choice remained his. The leader of an administration still had to command the King's personal confidence and approval. A strong following in Parliament depended on being able to supply places, pensions, and other marks of Royal favour to the government's supporters.

The attraction of the new Order for Walpole was that it would provide a source of such favours to strengthen his political position. George I having agreed to Walpole's proposal, Anstis was commissioned to draft statutes for the Order of the Bath. As noted above, he adopted the motto and badge used by the Knights of the Bath, as well as the colour of the riband and mantle, and the ceremony for creating a knight. The rest of the statutes were mostly based on those of the Order of the Garter, of which he was an officer (as Garter King of Arms). The Order was founded by letters patent under the Great Seal dated 18 May 1725, and the statutes issued the following week.

The Order initially consisted of the Sovereign, a Prince of the blood Royal as Principal Knight, a Great Master and thirty-five Knights Companion. Seven officers (see below) were attached to the Order. These provided yet another opportunity for political patronage, as they were to be sinecures at the disposal of the Great Master, supported by fees from the knights. Despite the fact that the Bath was represented as a military Order, only a few military officers were among the initial appointments (see List of Knights Companion of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
). They may be broken down into categories as follows (note that some are classified in more than one category):

* Members of the House of Commons : 14 * The Royal Household or sinecures: 11 * Diplomats: 4 * The Walpole family, including the Prime Minister: 3 * Naval and Army Officers: 3 * Irish Peers: 2 * Country gentlemen with Court Appointments: 2

Admiral Lord Rodney (appointed a Knight
Knight
Companion in 1780) wearing the riband and star of the Order Sir Alexander Milne (1808–1896) was concurrently KCB (civil division) and GCB (military division); he is pictured wearing both sets of insignia. Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Callaghan wearing the insignia of a military Companion of the Order

The majority of the new Knights Companions were knighted by the King and invested with their ribands and badges on 27 May 1725. Although the statutes set out the full medieval ceremony which was to be used for creating knights, this was not performed, and indeed was possibly never intended to be, as the original statutes contained a provision allowing the Great Master to dispense Knights Companion from these requirements. The original knights were dispensed from all the medieval ceremonies with the exception of the Installation, which was performed in the Order's Chapel, the Henry VII Chapel
Henry VII Chapel
in Westminster Abbey , on 17 June. This precedent was followed until 1812, after which the Installation was also dispensed with, until its revival in the twentieth century. The ceremonies however remained part of the Statutes until 1847.

Although the initial appointments to the Order were largely political, from the 1770s appointments to the Order were increasingly made for naval, military or diplomatic achievements. This is partly due to the conflicts Britain was engaged in over this period. The Peninsular War resulted in so many deserving candidates for the Bath that a statute was issued allowing the appointment of Extra Knights in time of war, who were to be additional to the numerical limits imposed by the statutes, and whose number was not subject to any restrictions. Another statute, this one issued some 80 years earlier, had also added a military note to the Order. Each knight was required, under certain circumstances, to supply and support four men-at-arms for a period not exceeding 42 days in any year, to serve in any part of Great Britain. This company was to be captained by the Great Master, who had to supply four trumpeters, and was also to appoint eight officers for this body, however the statute was never invoked.

RESTRUCTURING IN 1815

In January 1815, after the end of the Peninsular War , the Prince Regent (later George IV ) expanded the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
"to the end that those Officers who have had the opportunities of signalising themselves by eminent services during the late war may share in the honours of the said Order, and that their names may be delivered down to remote posterity, accompanied by the marks of distinction which they have so nobly earned."

The Order was now to consist of three classes: Knights Grand Cross, Knights Commander, and Companions. The existing Knights Companion (of which there were 60) became Knight
Knight
Grand Cross; this class was limited to 72 members, of which twelve could be appointed for civil or diplomatic services. The military members had to be of the rank of at least Major-General or Rear Admiral. The Knights Commander were limited to 180, exclusive of foreign nationals holding British commissions, up to ten of whom could be appointed as honorary Knights Commander. They had to be of the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel or Post-Captain . The number of Companions was not specified, but they had to have received a medal or been mentioned in despatches since the start of the war in 1803. A list of about 500 names was subsequently published. Two further officers were appointed, an "Officer of arms attendant on the Knights Commanders and Companions", and a "Secretary appertaining to the Knights Commanders and Companions" The large increase in numbers caused some complaints that such an expansion would reduce the prestige of the Order.

THE VICTORIAN ERA

In 1847, Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
issued new statutes eliminating all references to an exclusively military Order. As well as removing the word 'Military' from the full name of the Order, this opened up the grades of Knight
Knight
Commander and Companion to civil appointments, and the Military and Civil Divisions of the Order were established. New numerical limits were imposed, and the opportunity also taken to regularise the 1815 expansion of the Order. The 1847 statutes also abolished all the medieval ritual, however they did introduce a formal Investiture ceremony, conducted by the Sovereign wearing the Mantle and insignia of the Order, attended by the Officers and as many GCBs as possible, in their Mantles.

In 1859 a further edition of the Statutes was issued; the changes related mainly to the costs associated with the Order. Prior to this date it had been the policy that the insignia (which were provided by the Crown) were to be returned on the death of the holder; the exception had been foreigners who had been awarded honorary membership. In addition foreigners had usually been provided with stars made of silver and diamonds, whereas ordinary members had only embroidered stars. The decision was made to award silver stars to all members, and only require the return of the Collar. The Crown had also been paying the fees due to the officers of the Order for members who had been appointed for the services in the recent war. The fees were abolished and replaced with a salary of approximately the same average value. The offices of Genealogist and Messenger were abolished, and those of Registrar and Secretary combined.

THE 20TH CENTURY

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns in his dress uniform, wearing the star, ribbon, and badge of a military Knight
Knight
Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.

In 1910, after his accession to the throne, George V ordered the revival of the Installation ceremony, perhaps prompted by the first Installation ceremony of the more junior Order of St Michael and St George , held a few years earlier, and the building of a new chapel for the Order of the Thistle in 1911. The Installation ceremony took place on 22 July 1913 in the Henry VII Chapel
Henry VII Chapel
, and Installations have been held at regular intervals since.

Prior to the 1913 Installation it was necessary to adapt the chapel to accommodate the larger number of members. An appeal was made to the members of the Order, and following the Installation a surplus remained. A Committee was formed from the Officers to administer the 'Bath Chapel Fund', and over time this committee has come to consider other matters than purely financial ones.

Another revision of the statutes of the Order was undertaken in 1925, to consolidate the 41 additional statutes which had been issued since the 1859 revision.

Women were admitted to the Order in 1971. In the 1971 New Year Honours, Jean Nunn became the first woman admitted to the order. In 1975, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester , an aunt of Elizabeth II , became the first (and to date only) woman to reach the highest rank, Dame Grand Cross. Princess Alice (née Douglas-Montagu-Scott) was a direct descendant of the Order's first Great Master, and her husband, who had died the previous year, had also held that office.

COMPOSITION

SOVEREIGN

The British Sovereign is the Sovereign of the Order of the Bath. As with all honours except those in the Sovereign's personal gift, the Sovereign makes all appointments to the Order on the advice of the Government.

GREAT MASTER

Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, Great Master 1843–1861. During the nineteenth century, Knights Grand Cross wore their mantles over imitations of seventeenth century dress. They now wear them over contemporary attire.

The next-most senior member of the Order is the Great Master, of which there have been nine:

* 1725–1749: John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu * 1749–1767: (Vacant) * 1767–1827: Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany * 1827–1830: Prince William, Duke of Clarence and St Andrews (later King William IV) * 1830–1837: (Vacant) * 1837–1843: Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex * 1843–1861: Albert, Prince Consort * 1861–1897: (Vacant) * 1897–1901: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
(later King Edward VII) * 1901–1942: Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn * 1942–1974: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester * 1974–present: Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
.

Originally a Prince of the Blood Royal, as the Principal Knight Companion, ranked next after the sovereign. This position was joined to that of the Great Master in the statutes of 1847. The Great Master and Principal Knight
Knight
is now either a descendant of George I or "some other exalted personage"; the holder of the office has custody of the seal of the order and is responsible for enforcing the statutes.

MEMBERS

Sash and star of Grand Cross, civil division

The statutes also provide for the following:

* 120 Knights or Dames Grand Cross (GCB) (of whom the Great Master is the First and Principal) * 355 Knights Commander (KCB) or Dames Commander (DCB) * 1,925 Companions (CB)

Regular membership is limited to citizens of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and of other Commonwealth countries of which the Queen is Sovereign. Appointees are usually officers of the armed forces or senior civil servants, such as permanent secretaries. Warrant appointing Italian Captain (later Admiral) Ernesto Burzagli as an honorary Companion of the Order

Members appointed to the Civil Division must "by their personal services to crown or by the performance of public duties have merited ... royal favour." Appointments to the Military Division are restricted by the minimum rank of the individual. GCBs hold the rank of Admiral in the Royal Navy, General in the British Army
British Army
or Royal Marines , or Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
. KCBs must at least hold the rank of vice admiral , lieutenant general in the Army or Marines, or Air Marshal . CBs tend be of the rank of Rear Admiral , Major General
Major General
in the Army or Royal Marines, or Air Vice Marshal
Air Vice Marshal
, and in addition must have been Mentioned in Despatches for distinction in a command position in a combat situation, although the latter is no longer a requirement. Non-line officers (e.g. engineers, medics) may be appointed only for meritorious service in wartime.

Commonwealth citizens not subjects of the Queen and foreigners may be made Honorary Members. Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
has established the custom of awarding an honorary GCB to visiting heads of state, for example Gustav Heinemann , and Josip Broz Tito (in 1972), Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(in 1989), Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa
(in 1991), Censu Tabone , President of Malta , in 1992, Fernando Henrique Cardoso , George H. W. Bush (in 1993), Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
in March 2008, In 2012, former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
. Turkish President Abdullah Gül
Abdullah Gül
, Slovenian President Dr Danilo Türk Mexican President Felipe Calderón , and South African President Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
. Foreign generals are also often given honorary appointments to the Order, for example: Marshal Ferdinand Foch
Ferdinand Foch
and Marshal Joseph Joffre during World War I
World War I
; Marshal Georgy Zhukov
Georgy Zhukov
, King Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia , General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
during World War II ; and General Norman Schwarzkopf
Norman Schwarzkopf
and General Colin Powell
Colin Powell
after the Gulf War
Gulf War
. A more controversial member of the Order was Robert Mugabe , whose honour was stripped by the Queen, on the advice of the Foreign Secretary , David Miliband , on 25 June 2008 "as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and abject disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
over which President Mugabe has presided."

Honorary members do not count towards the numerical limits in each class. In addition the statutes allow the Sovereign to exceed the limits in time of war or other exceptional circumstances.

OFFICERS

Admiral Sir George Zambellas
George Zambellas
KCB (military division)

The Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
now has six officers:

* a Dean: John Hall , Dean of Westminster (ex officio) * a King of Arms : Michael Boyce, Baron Boyce * a Registrar and Secretary: Iain Henderson * a Deputy Secretary: Alexander Matheson of Matheson, yr. * a Genealogist: Thomas Woodcock * the Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod : Charles Vyvyan

The office of Dean is held by the Dean of Westminster . The King of Arms, responsible for heraldry , is known as Bath King of Arms; he is not, however, a member of the College of Arms , like many heralds. The Order's Usher is known as the Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod; he does not, unlike his Order of the Garter
Order of the Garter
equivalent (the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod ) perform any duties in the House of Lords
House of Lords
.

There were originally seven officers, each of whom was to receive fees from the Knights Companion both on appointment and annually thereafter. The office of Messenger was abolished in 1859. The office of Genealogist was abolished at the same time, but revived in 1913. The offices of Registrar and Secretary were formally merged in 1859, although the two positions had been held concurrently for the previous century. An Officer of Arms and a Secretary for the Knights Commander and Companions were established in 1815, but abolished in 1847. The office of Deputy Secretary was created in 1925.

Under the Hanoverian kings certain of the officers also held heraldic office. The office of Blanc Coursier Herald
Herald
of Arms was attached to that of the Genealogist, Brunswick Herald
Herald
of Arms to the Gentleman Usher, and Bath King of Arms was also made Gloucester King of Arms with heraldic jurisdiction over Wales. This was the result of a move by Anstis to give the holders of these sinecures greater security; the offices of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
were held at the pleasure of the Great Master, while appointments to the heraldic offices were made by the King under the Great Seal and were for life.

HABIT AND INSIGNIA

An embroidered representation, or "chaton", of the star of the civil division of the Order The insignia of a Knight
Knight
Grand Cross of the civil division of the order Mantle of the Order The insignia of a Knight
Knight
Grand Cross of the military division of the order Star and neck badge of a Knight
Knight
Commander of the civil division of the order

Members of the Order wear elaborate costumes on important occasions (such as its quadrennial installation ceremonies and coronations ), which vary by rank:

The mantle, worn only by Knights and Dames Grand Cross, is made of crimson satin lined with white taffeta . On the left side is a representation of the star (see below). The mantle is bound with two large tassels.

The hat, worn only by Knights and Dames Grand Cross and Knights and Dames Commander, is made of black velvet ; it includes an upright plume of feathers .

The collar, worn only by Knights and Dames Grand Cross, is made of gold and weighs 30 troy ounces (933 g). It consists of depictions of nine imperial crowns and eight sets of flowers (roses for England, thistles for Scotland and shamrocks for Ireland), connected by seventeen silver knots.

On lesser occasions, simpler insignia are used: The star is used only by Knights and Dames Grand Cross and Knights and Dames Commander. Its style varies by rank and division; it is worn pinned to the left breast:

The star for military Knights and Dames Grand Cross consists of a Maltese Cross on top of an eight-pointed silver star; the star for military Knights and Dames Commander is an eight-pointed silver cross pattée. Each bears in the centre three crowns surrounded by a red ring bearing the motto of the Order in gold letters. The circle is flanked by two laurel branches and is above a scroll bearing the words Ich dien (older German for "I serve") in gold letters.

The star for civil Knights and Dames Grand Cross consists of an eight-pointed silver star, without the Maltese cross; the star for civil Knights and Dames Commander is an eight-pointed silver cross pattée. The design of each is the same as the design of the military stars, except that the laurel branches and the words Ich dien are excluded.

The badge varies in design, size and manner of wearing by rank and division. The Knight
Knight
and Dame Grand Cross' badge is larger than the Knight
Knight
and Dame Commander's badge, which is in turn larger than the Companion's badge; however, these are all suspended on a crimson ribbon. Knights and Dames Grand Cross wear the badge on a riband or sash, passing from the right shoulder to the left hip. Knights Commander and male Companions wear the badge from a ribbon worn around the neck. Dames Commander and female Companions wear the badge from a bow on the left side:

The military badge is a gold Maltese Cross of eight points, enamelled in white. Each point of the cross is decorated by a small gold ball; each angle has a small figure of a lion. The centre of the cross bears three crowns on the obverse side, and a rose, a thistle and a shamrock , emanating from a sceptre on the reverse side. Both emblems are surrounded by a red circular ring bearing the motto of the Order, which are in turn flanked by two laurel branches, above a scroll bearing the words Ich dien in gold letters.

The civil badge is a plain gold oval, bearing three crowns on the obverse side, and a rose, a thistle and a shamrock , emanating from a sceptre on the reverse side; both emblems are surrounded by a ring bearing the motto of the Order.

On certain "collar days " designated by the Sovereign, members attending formal events may wear the Order's collar over their military uniform or eveningwear. When collars are worn (either on collar days or on formal occasions such as coronations), the badge is suspended from the collar.

The collars and badges of Knights and Dames Grand Cross are returned to the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood upon the decease of their owners. All other insignia may be retained by their owners.

CHAPEL

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
with a procession of Knights of the Bath, by Canaletto
Canaletto
, 1749

The Chapel of the Order is the Henry VII Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey . Every four years, an installation ceremony, presided over by the Great Master, and a religious service are held in the Chapel; the Sovereign attends every alternate ceremony. The last such service was in May 2014 and was attended by the Sovereign. The Sovereign and each knight who has been installed is allotted a stall in the choir of the chapel.

As there are a limited number of stalls in the Chapel, only the most senior Knights and Dames Grand Cross are installed. A stall made vacant by the death of a military Knight
Knight
Grand Cross is offered to the next most senior uninstalled military GCB, and similarly for vacancies among civil GCBs. Waits between admission to the Order and installation may be very long; for instance, Marshal of the Air Force Lord Craig of Radley was created a Knight
Knight
Grand Cross in 1984, but was not installed until 2006.

Above each stall, the occupant's heraldic devices are displayed. Perched on the pinnacle of a knight's stall is his helm, decorated with a mantling and topped by his crest. Under English heraldic law, women other than monarchs do not bear helms or crests; instead, the coronet appropriate to the dame's rank (if she is a peer or member of the Royal family) is used.

Above the crest or coronet, the knight's or dame's heraldic banner is hung, emblazoned with his or her coat of arms . At a considerably smaller scale, to the back of the stall is affixed a piece of brass (a "stall plate") displaying its occupant's name, arms and date of admission into the Order.

Upon the death of a Knight, the banner, helm, mantling and crest (or coronet or crown) are taken down. The stall plates, however, are not removed; rather, they remain permanently affixed somewhere about the stall, so that the stalls of the chapel are festooned with a colourful record of the Order's Knights (and now Dames) throughout history.

When the grade of Knight
Knight
Commander was established in 1815 the regulations specified that they too should have a banner and stall plate affixed in the chapel. This was never implemented (despite some of the KCBs paying the appropriate fees) primarily due to lack of space, although the 1847 statutes allow all three classes to request the erection of a plate in the chapel bearing the member's name, date of nomination, and (for the two higher classes) optionally the coat of arms.

PRECEDENCE AND PRIVILEGES

Coat of arms
Coat of arms
of the Marquess of Carisbrooke (1886–1960) with the circlet and collar as Knight
Knight
Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
of the Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire , Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath

Members of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
are assigned positions in the order of precedence. Wives of male members also feature on the order of precedence, as do sons, daughters and daughters-in-law of Knights Grand Cross and Knights Commander; relatives of female members, however, are not assigned any special precedence. Generally, individuals can derive precedence from their fathers or husbands, but not from their mothers or wives. (See order of precedence in England and Wales for the exact positions.)

Knights Grand Cross and Knights Commander prefix "Sir", and Dames Grand Cross and Dames Commander prefix "Dame", to their forenames. Wives of Knights may prefix "Lady" to their surnames, but no equivalent privilege exists for husbands of Dames. Such forms are not used by peers and princes, except when the names of the former are written out in their fullest forms. Furthermore, honorary foreign members and clergymen do not receive the accolade of knighthood, and so are not entitled to the prefix "Sir", unless the former subsequently become Commonwealth citizens.

Knights and Dames Grand Cross use the post-nominal "GCB"; Knights Commander use "KCB"; Dames Commander use "DCB"; Companions use "CB".

Knights and Dames Grand Cross are also entitled to receive heraldic supporters. Furthermore, they may encircle their arms with a depiction of the circlet (a red circle bearing the motto) with the badge pendant thereto and the collar; the former is shown either outside or on top of the latter.

Knights and Dames Commander and Companions may display the circlet, but not the collar, around their arms. The badge is depicted suspended from the collar or circlet. Members of the Military division may encompass the circlet with "two laurel branches issuant from an escrol azure inscribed Ich dien", as appears on the badge. Members of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
and their children are able to be married in Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
in London.

REVOCATION

It is possible for membership in the Order to be revoked. Under the 1725 statutes the grounds for this were heresy, high treason, or fleeing from battle out of cowardice. Knights Companion could in such cases be degraded at the next Chapter meeting. It was then the duty of the Gentleman Usher to "pluck down the escocheon of such knight and spurn it out of the chapel" with "all the usual marks of infamy".

Only two people were ever degraded – Lord Cochrane in 1813 and General Sir Eyre Coote in 1816, both for political reasons, rather than any of the grounds given in the statute. Lord Cochrane was subsequently reinstated, but Coote died a few years after his degradation.

Under Queen Victoria's 1847 statutes a member "convicted of treason, cowardice, felony, or any infamous crime derogatory to his honour as a knight or gentleman, or accused and does not submit to trial in a reasonable time, shall be degraded from the Order by a special ordinance signed by the sovereign". The Sovereign was to be the sole judge, and also had the power to restore such members.

The situation today is that membership may be cancelled or annulled, and the entry in the register erased, by an ordinance signed by the Sovereign and sealed with the seal of the Order, on the recommendation of the appropriate Minister. Such cancellations may be subsequently reversed.

In 1923 the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
was made an honorary Knight
Knight
Grand Cross, by King George V. Mussolini was stripped of his GCB in 1940, after he had declared war on the UK.

William Pottinger , a senior civil servant, lost both his status of CB and Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
(CVO) in 1975 when he was gaoled for corruptly receiving gifts from the architect John Poulson .

Romanian president Nicolae Ceauşescu was stripped of his honorary GCB status by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
on 24 December 1989, the day before his execution. Robert Mugabe , the President of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
, was stripped of his honorary GCB status by the Queen, on the advice of the Foreign Secretary , David Miliband , on 25 June 2008 "as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and abject disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
over which President Mugabe has presided."

Vicky Pryce , former wife of Chris Huhne , was stripped of her CB by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
on 30 July 2013, following her conviction for perverting the course of justice.

*

Neck badge, awarded to Cecil Fane de Salis (1859-1948) in 1935 *

Star, awarded to Cecil Fane de Salis *

Star and neck Badge awarded to Sir Charles Taylor du Plat

CURRENT KNIGHTS AND DAMES GRAND CROSS

* SOVEREIGN: Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
* GRAND MASTER: Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales

KNIGHTS AND DAMES GRAND CROSS

Military rank (if any) Name Post-nominals Year appointed

Air Chief Marshal Sir Douglas Lowe GCB DFC AFC 1977

Field Marshal The Lord Bramall KG GCB OBE MC JP DL 1979

Air Chief Marshal Sir David Evans GCB CBE 1979

Admiral Sir James Eberle GCB 1981

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Keith Williamson GCB AFC 1982

The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO 1983

Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi GCB 1983

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry GCB AFC 1983

Sir William Fraser GCB 1984

Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Craig of Radley GCB OBE 1984

General Sir George Cooper GCB MC DL 1984

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Peter Harding GCB 1988

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB CBE 1988

Sir Clive Whitmore GCB CVO 1988

Sir Peter Middleton GCB 1989

Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine GCB GBE 1989

Sir William Heseltine GCB GCVO AC QSO PC 1990

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Benjamin Bathurst GCB DL 1991

Air Marshal Sir David Parry-Evans GCB CBE 1991

Field Marshal The Lord Inge KG GCB PC DL 1992

Sir Terence Heiser GCB 1992

Admiral Sir Jock Slater
Jock Slater
GCB LVO DL 1992

The Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO PC 1992

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon
Michael Graydon
GCB CBE 1993

General The Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE 1993

Admiral Sir John Kerr GCB DL 1993

Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE DL 1994

General Sir John Waters GCB CBE 1994

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Alcock GCB KBE 1995

General Sir John Wilsey GCB CBE DL 1995

The Lord Burns GCB 1995

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns GCB KCVO CBE 1997

General Sir Roger Wheeler GCB CBE 1997

Sir Anthony Battishill GCB 1997

The Lord Fellowes GCB GCVO QSO PC 1998

Rt Hon. Sir John Chilcot GCB 1998

Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE 1999

Field Marshal The Lord Walker of Aldringham GCB CMG CBE DL 1999

General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie GCB OBE DL 1999

Sir Nigel Wicks GCB CVO CBE 1999

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire GCB DFC AFC DL 2001

The Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB 2001

Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh GCB DL 2002

Sir Hayden Phillips GCB 2002

Sir David Omand GCB 2004

Admiral The Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC 2004

General Sir Michael Jackson GCB CBE 2004

Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Stirrup KG GCB AFC 2005

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry GCB AFC 2006

Sir Richard Mottram GCB 2006

The Lord Janvrin GCB GCVO QSO PC 2007

General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL 2008

Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy GCB CBE DSO 2008

Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL 2008

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE 2010

General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC Gen 2011

Sir David Normington GCB 2011

General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO 2011

The Lord O\'Donnell GCB 2011

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB 2012

General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC 2013

The Lord Macpherson of Earl\'s Court GCB 2015

Admiral Sir George Zambellas
George Zambellas
GCB DSC ADC DL 2016

Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford GCB CBE ADC DL 2016

HONORARY KNIGHTS AND DAMES GRAND CROSS

Position Name Post-nominals Year appointed Office when awarded

Head of state Sultan Abdul Halim GCB 1972 5th and 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia

Head of state Luis Echeverría
Luis Echeverría
GCB 1973 50th President of Mexico
Mexico

Royal consort Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
Denmark
GCB GCMG GCVO 1974 Consort of Queen Margrete II

Head of state Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani GCB 1976 Emir of Qatar
Qatar

Head of state Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said GCB GCMG GCVO 1982 Sultan of Oman
Oman

Head of state Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa
GCB 1991 2nd President of Poland
Poland

Head of state Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Hassanal Bolkiah
GCB GCMG 1992 Sultan of Brunei
Brunei

Head of state George H. W. Bush GCB 1993 41st President of the United States
United States

Head of state Aleksander Kwaśniewski GCB GCMG 1996 3rd President of Poland
Poland

Head of state Jacques Chirac GCB 1996 22nd President of France

Head of state Fernando Henrique Cardoso GCB 1997 34th President of Brazil
Brazil

Head of state Abdullah II of Jordan
Jordan
GCB GCMG KCVO 2001 King of Jordan
Jordan

Head of state Thabo Mbeki GCB 2001 2nd President of South Africa
South Africa

Head of state Olusegun Obasanjo GCB 2004 12th President of Nigeria
Nigeria

Head of state Horst Köhler
Horst Köhler
GCB 2004 9th President of Germany
Germany

Head of state Roh Moo-hyun GCB 2004 13th President of South Korea
South Korea

Head of state Eddie Fenech Adami GCB 2005 7th President of Malta

Head of state Valdas Adamkus
Valdas Adamkus
GCB 2006 9th President of Lithuania
Lithuania

Head of state Toomas Hendrik Ilves GCB 2006 4th President of Estonia
Estonia

Head of state Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
GCB 2006 35th President of Brazil
Brazil

Head of state Sellapan Ramanathan GCB 2006 6th President of Singapore
Singapore

Head of state Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga GCB 2006 6th President of Latvia
Latvia

Head of state Abdullah Gül
Abdullah Gül
GCB 2008 11th President of Turkey
Turkey

Head of state Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
GCB 2008 23rd President of France
France

Head of state Danilo Türk GCB 2008 4th President of Slovenia
Slovenia

Head of state Felipe Calderón GCB 2009 56th President of Mexico
Mexico

Head of state Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
GCB 2010 4th President of South Africa
South Africa

Head of state Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani GCB 2010 Emir of Qatar
Qatar

Head of state Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
GCB 2010 2nd President of the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

Head of state Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
GCB 2012 6th President of Indonesia
Indonesia

Head of state Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah GCB 2012 15th Emir of Kuwait
Kuwait

Head of state Park Geun-hye GCB 2013 11th President of South Korea
South Korea

Head of state Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
GCB 2013 2nd President of the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

Head of state François Hollande GCB 2014 24th President of France

Head of state Tony Tan GCB 2014 7th President of Singapore
Singapore

Head of state Enrique Peña Nieto GCB 2015 57th President of Mexico
Mexico

Head of state Joachim Gauck GCB 2015 11th President of Germany
Germany

Head of state Juan Santos GCB 2016 32nd President of Colombia
Colombia

SEE ALSO

For people who have been appointed to the Order of the Bath, see the following categories:

* Category:Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
* Category:Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
* Category:Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
* Category:Dames Commander of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
* Category:Knights Companion of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
* List of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath * List of Knights Companion of the Order of the Bath * Category:Knights of the Bath * Category:Companions of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
* List of honorary British knights and dames * List of people who have declined a British honour * List of revocations of appointments to orders and awarded decorations and medals of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NOTES

* ^ The word "Military" was removed from the name by Queen Victoria in 1847. Letters Patent dated 14 April 1847, quoted in Statutes 1847. * ^ Statutes 1725, although Risk says 11 May * ^ Anstis, Observations, p4 * ^ Letters patent
Letters patent
dated 18 May 1725, quoted in Statutes 1725 * ^ The purely legendary pre-history was associated with Henry IV . * ^ Wagner, Heralds of England, p 357, referring to John Anstis, who proposed the Order, says: "He had the happy inspiration of reviving this ancient name and chivalric associations, but attaching it, as it never had been before, to an Order or company of knights." * ^ Perkins, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, p1 "It can scarcely be claimed that a properly constituted Order existed at any time during the preceding centuries " * ^ A B "No. 46428". The London Gazette . 10 December 1974. p. 12559. * ^ Statutes 1925, article 2 * ^ A B Statutes 1925, article 5 * ^ A B C D E "No. 16972". The London Gazette . 4 January 1815. pp. 17–20. * ^ A B C D "Order of the Bath". Official website of the British monarchy. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2011. * ^ Statutes 1925, articles 8–12 * ^ A B Statutes 1925, article 8 * ^ See, for example, the order of wear for orders and decorations, the Royal Warrant defining precedence in Scotland ("No. 27774". The London Gazette . 14 March 1905. pp. 2012–2014. ) or the discussion of precedence at http://www.heraldica.org/topics/britain/order_precedence.htm * ^ A B C Risk, History of the Order of the Bath, p6 * ^ The Manner of making Knights after the custom of England in time of peace and at the Coronation, that is Knights of the Bath, quoted in Perkins, pp 5–14 * ^ According to Anstis (Observations, p73) such knights were sometimes known as Knights of the Sword or Knights of the Carpet * ^ Anstis, p66 * ^ A B C D E F G H "www.royal.gov.uk feature article on the Order of the Bath". Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2006. * ^ Risk, p114 * ^ Nicolas, History of the orders of knighthood of the British empire, p38–9 * ^ The later usage by the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
does not make things any clearer. The presence of the rose, thistle and shamrock (symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland respectively) in the Collar supports the above claim. The shamrocks however were not added until the 19th century, probably as a result of a suggestion of Sir Joseph Banks , who in his proposal observed that the presence of the shamrock would "greatly augment the meaning of the motto" (Risk, p 115). A further explanation for the crowns is provided in the 1725 statutes of the Order. The coat of arms which was to appear on the Order's seal (Azure three imperial crowns Or, that is, three gold imperial crowns on a blue background) was described as being anciently attributed to King Arthur. * ^ Nicolas, p 38, quoting Bishop Kennet Register and Chronicle Ecclesiastical and Civil from the Restoration of King Charles II faithfully taken from the manuscripts of the Lord Bishop of Peterborough, (1728) p410 * ^ Garter King of Arms from 1754 to 1773, and an officer of arms for some 25 years before that * ^ Wagner, pp348, 357 * ^ Risk, p2 * ^ In the words of his son, Horace Walpole, "The Revival of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
was a measure of Sir Robert Walpole, and was an artful bank of favours in lieu of places. He meant to stave off the demand for Garters, and intended that the Red should be a step to the Blue ; and accordingly took one of the former for himself." Horace Walpole, Reminiscences (1788) * ^ Nicolas, p237–8, Footnote * ^ Risk, p4 * ^ Statutes 1725 * ^ Statutes 1725, article 2 * ^ Risk, p15,16 * ^ A B Risk, p16 * ^ Statutes 1725, article 6, the same article which state " take especial care that ... the antient Rituals belonging to this Knighthood be observed with the greatest Exactness" * ^ No Installation had been held between 1812 and the coronation of George IV in 1821, by which time the number of knights exceeded the number of stalls in the chapel. To allow the knights to wear their collars at the coronation (which they could not do until installed) they were dispensed from the Installation, and this precedent was subsequently followed. (Risk, p43) * ^ Risk, p10 * ^ Risk, p20 * ^ Statute dated 8 May 1812, quoted in Statutes 1847 * ^ Statute dated 20 April 1727, quoted in Statutes 1847 * ^ The Times, 10 January 1815, p3 * ^ "No. 17061". The London Gazette . 16 September 1815. pp. 1877–1882. * ^ Letters Patent dated 14 April 1847 * ^ The document by which the Prince Regent modified the structure of the Order in 1815 was a Warrant under the Royal sign-manual . This is of lesser authority than Letters Patent under the Great Seal, by which the Order and its Statutes were originally established. It had been questioned on a number of occasions whether the Statutes of the Order could be modified by anything less than such Letters Patent. The 1847 Letters Patent retroactively confirmed the validity of the 1815 document and the subsequent appointments to the Order * ^ Risk, p. 61 * ^ A B Risk, p70 * ^ Risk, p. 89 * ^ Perkins, p. 122 * ^ Risk, p. 92 * ^ Perkins, pp. 124–131 * ^ Risk, pp. 95–96 * ^ 16 in Queen Victoria's reign, 6 in Edward VII
Edward VII
's and 19 in George V's. (Risk, p. 97) * ^ Allen, Philip (2004). "Nunn, Jean Josephine (1916–1982)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 May 2014. * ^ Risk, p. 102 * ^ The Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle, the Order of Merit and the Royal Victorian Order * ^ "No. 6376". The London Gazette . 25 May 1725. p. 1. * ^ Nicolas, Appendix p. lxx gives the first four Great Masters, although he considers the latter three to have only been acting Great Masters * ^ "No. 19570". The London Gazette . 19 December 1837. p. 3309. * ^ "No. 19592". The London Gazette . 23 February 1838. p. 407. * ^ Prince Albert was appointed acting Great Master sometime in 1843, and the appointment was made substantive by the 1847 Statutes, article 4. Risk says that he was appointed acting Great Master on 31 March 1843, however The Times, reporting the death of the Duke of Sussex (22 April 1843, pp4–5) says that the office of acting Great Master became vacant on his death. At any rate when the executors of the Duke of Sussex delivered his insignia together with the seal and statutes to the Queen on 20 June (The Times, 21 June 1843, p6) Prince Albert was then acting Great Master. * ^ "No. 20737". The London Gazette . 25 May 1847. pp. 1947–1957.

* ^ The Times, 22 June 1897, p10 * ^ "No. 27289". The London Gazette . 26 February 1901. p. 1414. * ^ The Times, 25 February 1942, p7 * ^ Statutes 1725, article 4 * ^ Letters Patent dated 14 April 1847, quoted in Statutes 1847 * ^ Statutes 1925, article 9 * ^ Statutes 1925, article 10 * ^ Statutes 1925, article 12 * ^ Statutes 1925, article 15 * ^ The Times, 25 October 1972, p21 * ^ The Times, 1 December 1993, p24 * ^ Samuel, Henry (27 March 2008). " Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
awarded honorary title". The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
. London. Retrieved 24 December 2008. * ^ "Abdullah Gül". Presidency of the Republic of Turkey. Retrieved 4 April 2012. * ^ "Queen begins state visit to Slovenia". BBC
BBC
. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. * ^ Monare, Moshoeshoe (6 March 2010). "Zuma\'s taste of British protocol". Independent Online. Retrieved 9 December 2011. * ^ The Times, Issue 50193; 13 July 1945; pg. 4; col A * ^ The Times, 27 May 1943, p4 * ^ The Times, 21 May 1991 * ^ Branigan, Tania (12 May 2004). " Colin Powell
Colin Powell
claims Scottish coat of arms". The Guardian
The Guardian
. London. Retrieved 24 December 2008. * ^ Smyth, Chris (25 June 2008). "Queen strips Robert Mugabe of knighthood in \'revulsion\' at violence". The Times
The Times
. London. Retrieved 24 December 2008. * ^ Statutes 1925, article 18 * ^ "In the event of any future wars or of any action or services civil or military meriting peculiar honour and reward...to increase the numbers in any of the said classes and in any of the said divisions". Statutes 1925, article 17 * ^ Court Circular, 17 May 2006 * ^ "No. 59131". The London Gazette . 17 July 2009. p. 12319. * ^ A B Court Circular, 13 June 2006 * ^ A B "No. 58010". The London Gazette . 13 June 2006. p. 8073. * ^ Risk, p. 93 * ^ Risk, pp. 13, 70 * ^ Statutes 1847, article 15 * ^ Statute dated 17 January 1726 (according to Risk, p14). Both the 1812 and 1847 editions of the Statutes give the date as 17 January 1725, but this is most probably a misprint since the Order was not founded until May 1725, and the additional statute also specified the office holders by name. * ^ Risk, p. 14 * ^ A B C D E F G H I Statutes 1925, article 23 * ^ The hat was made of white satin (Statutes 1725, article 8), but was changed to black velvet at the command of George IV for his coronation (Nicolas, p198). The hat is not explicitly specified in the 1847 or 1925 statutes * ^ Statutes 1925, articles 23,24,25 * ^ A B C Statutes 1925, article 21 * ^ Queen replaced by Charles in